01 Oct Beef Bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground, grass-fed beef
  • 2 ounces fettuccine per serving
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • Handful fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • Grated parmesan for garnish

Directions:

1.  Heat the olive in a big saucepan and sauté the onions, celery, and carrot until soft.  Add the ground beef.  Break up with a large spoon and cook until browned, about fifteen minutes.  Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook for about a minute scraping up the brown bits.  Add about 2 1/2 cups of the broth, thyme, and tomato paste then stir to combine.  Let simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

2.  Bring milk to a simmer in a small sauce pan.  Add to the Bolognese, mostly cover, and let simmer for about 45 minutes until the milk is incorporated.  Add a little more stock as needed so it doesn’t get too dry.

3.  Cook the pasta in salted water, drain, and mix with the appropriate amount of sauce. This is great to freeze in quart size freezer bags for quick dinners in the future.  Top with freshly grated parmesan.

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24 Sep Rotini with Spicy Winter Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds Rotini or small shells
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated caciocavallo, pecorino or Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Directions:

1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic and onion are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and thyme, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 5 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, add the rotini to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Add the rotini to the squash mixture in the skillet, then stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and toss gently to combine. Add the 3/4 cup of caciocavallo, season with salt and pepper and stir gently; add a little more pasta water if necessary. Serve the pasta right away, passing more cheese at the table.

**You can substitute pumpkin or hubbard squash for the butternut. Cook the squash until it’s soft but not falling apart—you don’t want al dente squash, but not too soft.

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03 Aug Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Ingredients

  • 2/3 pound fresh mozzarella (1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup olive oil, 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic1 pound pasta
  • 4 cups chopped vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil

Directions
1. Toss mozzarella and salt together, and set aside. Fill a medium stockpot with water and bring to a boil.

2. Heat the oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender — about 10 minutes.

3. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until al dente. Add the tomatoes to the cooked onions, and increase the heat to medium-high. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender — about 5 minutes.

4. Drain the pasta, and toss into the tomato-onion mixture to evenly coat. Remove from the heat and stir in the salted mozzarella and 1/4 cup Romano cheese.

5. Transfer to a large platter and garnish with fresh basil leaves and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve immediately. 8 servings

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22 Jun Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Halved Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 2 small Zucchini, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Fresh Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup Diced Firm, Ripe Fresh Peaches (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Green Onions
  • 1 (8-oz.) package Penne Pasta*
  • 2 cups Shredded Smoked Chicken (about 10 oz.)

Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼  cup chopped Fresh basil
  • ¼  cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

1.  Toss together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, and let stand 10 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Add hot cooked pasta and chicken to tomato mixture; toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving platter.  *1 (20-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini may be substituted

Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette.

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04 May Penne with Mixed Grilled Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne
  • 1 cup diced grilled eggplant (from about 3 grilled lengthwise slices)
  • 1 cup diced grilled zucchini or other summer squash (from about 5 grilled lengthwise slices)
  • 1/2 cup diced grilled bell peppers (from about 3 grilled lengthwise slices)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 4 stalks grilled asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

1.  Cook penne in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, as package label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta and return to pot.

2.  Combine grilled vegetables, olives, tomatoes, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss vegetables with pasta in pot, adding enough water to create a thin sauce. Divide among 4 plates, top with basil and serve.

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